From Shakespeare To Aeschylus: This Maltese Theatre Festival For Children Is About To Reinvent All The Classics

Big talent, little children

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Can you imagine explaining Homer's 'The Odyssey' to children aged 10 and 11? And then adapting it into a 15-minute-long script for them to perform, translating it into Maltese, and directing the kids and keeping them interested?

Because to be honest, I studied theatre and literature and I can't even tell you what it's about.

Well local theatre practitioner Josette Cappara has done exactly that, along with five other directors who also adapted classic texts into performances for young children.

The second version of Trikki Trakki is on the way!

Following the successful premier last year, Teatru Malta is back with this fantastic Youth Theatre Festival. On the 6th of April, six original adaptations of classic pieces of literature will be performed by school children between the ages of 10 and 11. The children were directed by six of Malta's most reputable practitioners and directors.

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Photos by Elisa von Brockdorff

The performances on the day will be as follows;

Public Show 1 (17:00 – 18:00)

17:00-17:20 L-Odissea Minn Wara L-Kwinti (directed by Josette Ciappara)

17:20 -17:40 Julius Teaser (directed by Anthony Bezzina)

17:40 -18:00 Ħares Leah (directed by Malcolm Galea)

Public Show 2 (18:15 – 19:15)

18:15 -18:35 Agamemnon CSI (directed by Stephen Oliver)

18:35 – 18:55 Don Juan u Sganarelle (directed by Isabelle Gatt)

18:55 – 19:15 The Tempest – A Parody (directed by Isabella Warrington)

Trikki Trakki will be on for the public on the 6th of April at M Space, Blue Box in Msida

Tickets are on sale for just €2 and can be purchased here. The adaptations will be performed in a mixture of Maltese and English in an effort to encourage bilingualism, and the students were involved in all aspects of the production.

This festival is supported by the Drama Unit and the Ministry for Education and Employment. For more information and to buy your €2 euro tickets please visit

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